In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, stereographs were a popular entertainment and used as an educational tool. They consisted of two nearly identical images placed side by side on a horizontal card. They were viewed with a special viewer that made the image appear 3-D
|Jacob Spoel, Company of Ladies Watching Stereoscopic Photographs, c.1850s-1860s, Rijksmuseum.|
|George Stacy, Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, no. 624, 1865 Library of Congress.|
Fast forward a generation or two. When I was a child I'd spend hours traveling around the world without leaving the couch. All I needed was my Viewmaster. My parents even bought me a projector so that I could make the images life-size.
Now all you need to join in the new 3-D fan club is a Poppy. You can read more about it on the Flickr blog and watch it in action here. Retail price is $59.95. A fun invention by members of the Maker Movement, a ground-level group of inventors. If you want one, buy it soon. There are limited quantities.